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Photograph of a Young Woman at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C.  with a Banner

Photograph of a Young Woman at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. with a Banner

8/28/1963
Records of the U.S. Information Agency

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On August 28, 1963, photographer Rowland Scherman, working for the United States Information Agency (USIA), took this photograph. It has become an iconic image of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The girl in the photograph is Edith Lee-Payne of Detroit, Michigan, who celebrated her 12th birthday by attending the March on Washington with her mother. In the photograph she carries a March on Washington banner and concentrates intently on the scene before her.

Ms. Lee-Payne had no idea she had been photographed until her sister saw the photograph in a calendar celebrating African-American history. Watch our Inside the Vaults video short about her and photographer Rowland Scherman on the National Archives YouTube Channel.

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